Mending the PTSD of a Heart Warrior

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My 12 year old daughter, Arianna, had a high risk open heart surgery on August 21, 2017.  Thankfully, she survived the surgery with merely a paralyzed left vocal cord and some continuous aches and pains; however she developed chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder shortly after the surgery, especially because 2 more surgeries for her vocal cord followed in September and November of 2017.  She was also diagnosed with “Adjustment Disorder of the Emotions.”

Due to her PTSD, she was forced to be pulled out of school for the entirety of last school year, and I was forced to stay home with her, getting docked half of my pay for 5-6 months.  

We REALLY hoped that she would be able to tolerate returning to school this year, but we were very wrong.  She was on Buspar during last school year, but we took her off of it after the year was over because it made her very angry.  We thought that she had recovered, at least for the most part, but she completely lost it at the start of this school year and had to be placed back on medication; this time she’s on Lexapro.  She started out on 5mg, but shortly got moved up to 10mg because she was continuously having anxiety attacks and has episodes where she cannot handle school.  She has missed 30 days of school so far in the 2018-2019 school year!

She’s been regressing this week, having panic attacks, crying, and not letting me leave her room at night, so i brought her back to see her psychiatrist on Monday, who wanted to increase Arianna’s  dosage again, up to 15MG! (I wrote this in December 2018)

Arianna has continued to see a psychologist since January of 2017, so I brought her to see her psychologist today, and discuss the impossible and stressful task of trying to get her to go to school, because she continues to be so behind on her school work.

To make a long story a little shorter, we discussed a few things, and how we shouldn’t have to keep increasing her medication, just for her to handle traditional school. Instead, we need to make her biggest stressor, school, less stressful.

We decided to look into doing virtual school. Arianna was immediately relieved by the idea, however the excitement fell short because the only free virtual charter school in our area is waitlisted until the 2020-2021 school year!!! Our only option is to enroll her in the private virtual school, The International Connections Academy, but the tuition is $2900 for the semester!

This is a lot of money, absolutely, but it’s more money to us since I’ve been out of work on unpaid medical leave since August 23, due to a back injury. I injured my back at work, but since Worker’s Comp loves to deny claims, I’m having to sue them! (Oh, and fired me once I was no longer protected by FMLA...so I’m disabled with my back...2 sets of facet injections didn’t work...so I may not be able to go back to work...which is heartbreaking). I haven’t received a paycheck since August 31!!

The timing is completely terrible, and I wish that something would finally go our way. I will attach her attendance record as an update, because I want to make sure that everyone knows that this is real, as those who know our story are already aware.

I appreciate any help. I wish that I didn’t have to ask for it.

Thank you
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‪Heading to Tupelo so that my husband can go to the hospital that his uncle is in ICU & not doing well. I had to give Arianna motion sickness medication & she’s already crashed. I won’t be bringing her to the hospital due to her PTSD tho. ‬
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I hate that Arianna can no longer go to school with her peers.
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‪I woke Arianna up in her bedroom about an hour ago because she’s been sleeping all day and I just found her asleep on the futon upstairs in her play room. Something is wrong with her. This is just like when she had mono! ‬
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